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Street Law, Inc.

Over 40 years of educating about law, democracy, and human rights

Community College Faculty Development Seminar — Southeast Region

April 11-12, 2013
Registration Period
22 January - 28 March 13
Holland and Knight, 701 Brickell Avenue #3000, Miami, FL 33131

Street Law Inc. and the Law School Admission Council’s have partnered nationally to enhance community colleges’ law-based civic learning programs and guide students to consider a career in law. The partnership will train community college faculty in developing civic learning curricula and provide information about legal careers, targeting students from groups underrepresented in the legal profession.


Street Law Inc. and the Law School Admission Council's are offering a faculty development seminar based on a law-based civics program for community colleges that was piloted at several community colleges during the 2011–2012 academic year.


Join like-minded faculty and administrators to learn about the the elements of the program, the Street Law curriculum, best practices in civic education instruction, how to connect community colleges with law schools,  and how the program can impact your community college. In addition, you will be empowered to advise students who wish to pursue careers in law. 

The seminar will be co-facilitated by Lee Arbetman, author of Street Law’s new community college textbook, Understanding Law and Legal Issues (McGraw Hill, 2011); Kent Lollis, Yessenia García-Lebrón,  and Yusuf Abdul-Kareem from the Law School Admission Council's; and Professor David Aldred from Hillsborough Community College in Tampa, FL.

The program involves innovative classroom instruction, some community based learning and activities with local law schools. Colleges may want to send a two person team to this training: a faculty member and an administrator who could help facilitate learning beyond classroom walls.

This program is also designed to encourage promising community college students to consider careers in the law. Law school admissions personnel and law student who attended community college will be involved with the seminar .

Program Info

Community College

Street Law, Inc.’s community college course is an innovative, law-based civic learning program for community colleges. It prepares students for democratic practice and develops the skills necessary for workforce and civic success through a unique combination of classroom and community-based learning. This community college program fits well into criminal... Read more

Registration Instructions

  1. Complete and submit the online registration form by Thursday, March 28, 2013. 
  2. After submitting your online registration form, you will receive a confirmation email containing a payment link.  Use this link to pay your $50 registration fee by credit card no later than Thursday, March 28, 2013. 
  3. If you experience any problems with the online registration system, please contact Xinia Bermudez ( for assistance.

Space is limited so please register as soon as possible!

Coming from beyond the South Florida area?

A limited number of stipends to reimburse travel are available through a grant from the Law School Admission Council's program. Please make sure you register for the seminar first, before applying for the stipend. These awards will be made on a rolling basis, so apply early!


  • Holland & Knight LLP
    701 Brickell Avenue
    Suite 3000
    Miami, FL 33131

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    Big thanks to the Miami office of Holland & Knight for providing meeting space for this Faculty Development Seminar!


    Holland & Knight has helped us secure a rate of $159/night at the nearby Hyatt Regency Miami.

    To take advantage of this reduced rate, you must make your reservation directly through the hotel by calling their reservation line at 305-358-1234. Please tell them you are booking a room through the Holland & Knight corporate rate of $159.

    These rooms are on a first come, first served basis. so the sooner you book the better. Also, feel free to explore other nearby options.


    The following meals will be included:

    • April 11: lunch and dinner
    • April 12: breakfast and lunch

    Please be sure and communicate any special dietary needs in your registration form so that we can accommodate you.

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The Program

This innovative law-based civics program combines classroom and community learning. Classroom activities cover the evaluation, debate, and critical analysis of legal issues that affect individuals, their families, and communities.  Students develop a practical understanding of the U.S. legal system while learning about aspects of civil, criminal, constitutional, family, immigration, and consumer law.

Innovative classroom instruction includes case studies, simulated legal exercises, small group exercises and analytical thought problems to develop higher level thinking skills that prepare students for rigorous college course work in other areas. Community-based, experiential learning includes a range of activities, from individual and group projects to internships in courthouses and legal services offices. The community-based component complements the classroom instruction, deepens learning, and encourages civic engagement.

This new course may be listed under political science, sociology, criminal justice, or business. It can also be cross listed.  It is not designed to replace any courses that are part of paralegal training or administration of justice career preparation programs.

The Seminar

As a result of the faculty development seminar, participants will be able to do the following:

  • Identify the components of the Street Law curriculum
  • Describe the instructional philosophy underlying the materials
  • Determine linkage between this program and their colleges' priorities
  • Distinguish this program from existing programs at their colleges
  • Design high quality community based learning opportunities
  • Determine how best to grade students in this law-based civics course
  • Connect with nearby law schools to guide their students in a law career pipeline
  • Identify data to be collected and a possible impact evaluation to be designed
  • Access resources from Street Law, Inc. and


Questions about Street Law and DiscoverLaw,org's Community College collaborative? Contact Xinia Bermudez (, 240-821-1318)